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Certificate of Graduate Study – Foundation of Accountancy

A certificate in accountancy will enhance students’ understanding of the role of accounting in business and other organizations. The courses partially fulfill the educational requirements to sit for the CPA examination and count towards completion of the Phase One accountancy courses for the Master of Accounting Science or the requirements to earn a graduate degree in the Master of Accountancy program. Students may earn the certificate while completing a graduate program at NIU or as a student-at-large independent of a graduate program.

Course Requirements

Students may earn a Certificate of Graduate Study by completing 15 credit hours focused on the foundational areas of the accountancy discipline.

ACCY 510 – Accounting Information Systems (3)
ACCY 520 – Intermediate Cost Management (3)
ACCY 531 – Financial Reporting I (3)
ACCY 532 – Financial Reporting II (3)
One of the following:
ACCY 550 – Principles of Taxation (3)
ACCY 560 – Assurance Services (3)

A two-course Principles of Accounting sequence and general business courses in finance, statistics, and economics will be included in a student’s program of study unless he or she has earned a C or better in a corresponding undergraduate course or a B or better in an equivalent graduate course. The general business course requirements may be met by completing courses at a university, community college, or select online providers.

Application Criteria

The certification program is a part-time cohort program with students admitted only in the fall semester. A minimum of three terms (including summer school) is required to complete the certificate. The admission criteria follow:

  • An undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.75.
  • A grade of C or better in a financial accounting concepts course taken within the last five years, pass the related exemption exam, or department consent.
  • A grade of C or better in a managerial accounting concepts course taken within the last five years, pass the related exemption exam, or department consent.

Students interested in the certificate should apply no later than the Graduate School fall admission deadline of July 15.